I managed to find a copy of a book authored by "Billy" Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn titled "Prairie Fire". I have included a copy of passages transcribed, verbatim, into a word doc.
I also just picked up a copy of a book published in 2006 titled "Sing a Battle Song". The book reprints copies of Prairie Fire and two other Weather Underground "classics" with comments by Ayers and Dorhn.
While I have not gotten through much of "Sing a Battle Song", I was in interested to see whether the forwards written by Ayers and Dorhn expressed any regret or remorse for their activities in the sixties. They did not. As a matter of fact, aside from expressing remorse only on the "bombast" contained in the earlier books, they reiterate their communist beliefs and add a new hero of the revolution to their repertoire - Rashid Khalidi.
In Prairie Fire, the dedications page lists many "victims" of imperialism. One of those freedom fighters is Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan, as you probably recall, assassinated Bobby Kennedy. What you may not recall is that Sirhan was a Palestinian who was upset with Bobby Kennedy's support of Israel. The new reprint, Sing a Battle Song, acknowledges those dedications, and surprisingly adds that "political prisoners and prisoners of conscience", like Sirhan Sirhan, who they also glowingly refer to as "committed activists" , remain "unconscionably" jailed today. I have attached a copy of the dedications for your perusal. I did not recognize many of the names, but a Google search on a couple of them confirms that they are all murderers, kidnappers. etc, who are lionized by Ayers and Dohrn. Capital crimes are apparently excused if committed for the right cause - the epitome of the end justifying the means.
The truly frightening thing is that Ayers and Dohrn, who unequivocally state that they are communists in the book, firmly believe and decry the "institutional racism" ingrained in the US, rail against "white supremacy" and bash Jews every chance they get. Based on Obama's limited exposure to "typical white people", the views of Ayers and Dorhn undoubtedly shape Obama's view of White and Jewish America. Think about it. With whom has Obama associated during his life? Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party. His white grandfather, who was friends with Davis and was, at least, sympathetic to communism. William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Jeremiah Wright. Father Phleger. Rashid Khalidi. The New Party.
Ayers influence on Obama is obvious - Obama believes the Palestinians have legitimate grievances. Obama and his advisors believe, as Ayers does, that Israel, like the US, is an oppressive aggressor.
Prairie Fire, Published 1974 by Communications Co., Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, Billy Ayers and Celia Sohourn, for the Weather Underground
PRAIRIE FIRE is written to communist-minded revolutionaries, independent organizers and anti-imperialists; those who carry the traditions and lessons of the struggles of the last decade, those who join in the struggles today. PRAIRIE FIRE is written to all sisters and brothers who are engaged in armed struggle against the enemy; It is written to prisoners, women’s groups, collectives, study groups, workers’ organizing committees, communes, GI organizers, consciousness-raising groups, veterans, community groups and revolutionaries of all kinds; to all who will read, criticize and bring its content to life in practice. It is written as an argument to those who oppose action and hold back the struggle.
We are a guerilla organization. We are communist women and men , underground in the United States for more than four years. We are deeply affected by the historic events of our time in the struggle against U.S. imperialism.
Our intention is to disrupt the empire, to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks, to make it hard to carry out its bloody functioning against the people of the world, to join the world struggle, to attack from the inside.
Out intention is to engage the enemy, to wear away at him, to harass him, to isolate him, to expose every weakness, to pounce, to reveal his vulnerability…
The only path to the final defeat of imperialism and the building of socialism is revolutionary war.
At home, the struggle and insurrection of the Black liberation movement heightened our commitment to fight alongside the determined enemies of the empire…
Revolution is a fight by the people for power. It is a changing of power in which existing social and economic relationships are turned upside down. It is a fight for who runs things, in particular, for control by the people of what we communists call the means of production –the means by which people eat, work, protect themselves from cold and rain, get around, raise children and build.
As part of the worldwide united front against imperialism our movement helped prevent the use of nuclear weapons against Vietnam, a major assault on the dike system, or an invasion of the North. The ruling class is not restrained by scruples – only by their estimation of the political consequences of their actions.
The Black movement was pushed forward into revolutionary movement for power, open rebellion and confrontation with the racism of white people and the racism of institutions. …
We were up against a ruling class, and it made no sense to ask them to reform themselves. Our rebellion has led un to revolution-a long and many-sided struggle for power.
SDS [Students for a Democratic Society] was a leading anti-imperialist organization in this movement.
Our deep political concern was the historic tendency of the white left to abandon militant anti-imperialism and anti-racism – principled support for Third World struggle – in search of easy integration with the masses. It is difficult to synthesize militant anti-imperialism with a mass base among oppressor-nation people because of the whole fabric of relative social/material white-skin privilege. Much of the movement resolved this contradiction in the direction of opportunism around race. This was the main error of the period, deeply rooted in U.S. radical history.
We have to learn from our mistakes….We were correct in our decision to prepare and build the armed struggle.
Throughout its history, the rulers of the U.S. have maintained their power by creating privileged sectors among the people and letting us fight over the privileges. In this, their main weapon is white supremacy.
Our final goal is the destruction of imperialism, the seizure of power and the creation of socialism. Our strategy for this stage of the struggle is to organize the oppressed people of the imperial nation itself to joi with the colonies on the attack against imperialism. This process of attacking and weakening imperialism involves the defeat of all kinds of national chauvinism and arrogance; this is a precondition to our fight for socialism.
Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of the empire and white supremacy. Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit. Socialism means control of the productive forces for the good of the whole community instead of the few who live on hilltops and in mansions. Socialism means priorities based on human need instead of corporate greed. Socialism creates the conditions for a decent and creative quality of life for all.
Page 64 –Genocide, slavery and racism
The institutionalizing of white supremacy created a structure to divide the white worker and small farmer from the black slave. Coupled with the economic bribe of white privilege, it is the cornerstone of U.S. history, the rock upon which capitalism and imperialism have been erected.
Pp 93-94 The Great Depression and the Communist Party
From the depression years until after the Second World War, the CPUSA was the main force of the organized left in the Unites States. The CP was in the front lines of countless struggles of the unemployed, the homeless, the Southern Black sharecroppers, women textile workers – groups hit hardest and most ready to fight. …
The CP stressed the special importance of Black liberation.
Page 103 Imperialism Means Racism and Genocide
Imperialism has intensified and spread worldwide the most virulent racist practices and ideology.
Racism is imperialism’s most deadly weapon for brainwashing, controlling and mobilizing the U.S. population in support of a conquest.
Cuba is a beacon for everyone in its principled and dedicated support for international revolution; Cuba has made terrific sacrifices to aid other struggles.
Page 123 The Palestinian Liberation Movement
The Palestinian struggle is a genuine and deep-rooted movement for national liberation. .. There is a sobering similarity between the situation of the Palestinians and the history of the Native American people. The reality is that Israel is an expansionist power, based on Zionist colonialism.
From its inception, Zionism has been an imperial ideology, presented as an alternative to communism.
Israel is an expansionist country. ..
Israel is a class society.
Zionist colonialism has cultivated a worldwide image as the besieged victim, the heroic victim holding off the barbarians, a semi-socialist state where strong and free sabras made the desert bloom, the refuge and guarantee against anti-Semitism. The reality is very different:
-The Zionist state is clearly the aggressor, the source of violence and war in the Mideast, the occupier of stolen lands…It is racist and expansionist – the enemy of the Palestinians, the Arab people, and the Jewish people.
-Israeli society internally reflects this imperialist reality; militarized, commercial and competitive.
-The myth of the kibbutz is a powerful one, but the kibbutzim never contained more than 5% of the Jewish population of Palestine or Israel, and are no evidence for Israel being a socialist country. Many of the kibbutzim are on land which Palestinian peasants were driven from, some directly exploit Palestinian labor. And they are all subsidized by Zionist funds.
-Zionism does not represent Jews. It is a racist ideology based on a claim that “God” chose a people superior to others. It has been consistently used as an alternative to class struggle and socialism for Jews, undermining Jewish progressive and working-class traditions.
-There is no basis for a claim that Zionism is a bulwark against anti-Semitism….
The white movement in the U.S. has failed to give clear and open support to the Palestinian struggle. We have not taken on the necessary task of exposing the myths about Israel that cloak the true situation and disarm many people.
The Palestinian liberation movement is a most progressive force in the politics of the Mideast, as in the revolution of South Yemen – known as the Cuba of the Mideast.
The U.S. people have been seriously deceived about the Palestinians and Israel. …
SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!
U.S. OUT OF THE MIDEAST!
END AID TO ISRAEL!
Racism is a weapon at the command of the ruling class, deliberately fashioned into a culturally sanctioned institution, written into law, and enforced by all the power of conscious custom and the state.
All primary national institutions – corporations, government, social services and organized labor – are under 100 percent effective white oppressive control.
The heroin epidemic, a counterinsurgency weapon and product of the high profits of the international drug trade, is a form of genocide against a whole generation of Black youth. In the name of a cure, methadone is replacing heroin but serves the same purpose when controlled by the state – debilitation through addiction with the added benefit of increased control. ..
The courts are machines for administering the penalties of white rulers to Black victims.
Page 157 The Chicano Struggle
What’s called the “Southwest of the U.S.” is in reality “El Norte,” the vast borderland of Mexico robbed in the Mexican-American War of 1848. The Mexican people, La Raza, are an Indio-hispano people (mestizo). They have strong Indian roots reaching to the original inhabitants of the North Americas. Legend has it that the Aztecs originated in this region, called Atzlan – the spiritual homeland of La Raza.
Page 172 Youth Rebellion
Youth oppression is organized and institutionalized. Young people are channeled and coerced in schools; misled, miseducated, misused. Schools have become alien from the real process of learning abut the world or how to use things. Schools are often huge minimum security prisons where we are held and controlled for large parts of our lives.
Revolutionaries must embrace the explosive content of the profound alienation young people experience in U.S. society, and struggle with and change its accommodations to imperialism. It is our view that the youth movement is a force that has and will continue to affect the consciousness of the working class and the society as a whole.
Page 178 Against the Common Enemy
This is a call to organize people and to act. We must now apply our analysis to our particular situation, mobilize the masses and fight. Our goal for this period is to help build a mass anti-imperialist movement and to build the armed struggle, the guerilla forces. Legal and clandestine struggle are both necessary: agitation and attack, peaceful methods and violent methods, sometimes organizing the people step-by-step, and sometimes taking a leap through new action to a new level. Mass work and armed struggle are united in revolution: each needs to support and affirm and complement the other.
Our enemy is U.S. imperialism, the enemy of all humankind. ..Our final goal is the complete destruction of imperialism, the seizure of the means of production and the building of socialism. To create the conditions in which we can take the offensive, destroy the old system and build a new life, we must weaken and at least partly destroy the empire.
Organization unites, gives direction and breadth to particular political work. Activists and militants want to build something bigger, where activity leads to shared results, where masses of people can organize their strength. Anti-imperialist organization is what is needed.
We believe that Communist-minded organizers can take the initiative now and lead. Move from small to large.
Page 179 Go to the People
Organize poor and working people. Go to the neighborhoods, the schools, the social institutions, the work places. Agitate. Create struggle. Link up the issues that describe the system. Tell the truth.
We believe that radical teachers should work in schools in working class neighborhoods, in community and junior colleges. Radicalize other teachers, organize the parents, teach and encourage your students. Health workers can choose hospitals and clinics in poor communities. Cultural activists, street players, artists, writers should propagandize and relate to poor and working people. Community-controlled and counter-institutions should be made into insurgent bases.
Prairie Fire Dedications:
Ruchell Cinque Magee
Former Black Panther leader and convicted murderer Ruchell Cinque Magee
Elmer Geronimo Pratt
also known as Geronimo ji-Jaga, is a former high ranking member of the Black Panther Party. He was targeted by the FBI program COINTELPRO, which aimed to "neutralize Pratt as an effective BPP functionary." Pratt was tried and convicted of the kidnap and murder of Caroline Olsen in 1972, and spent 27 years in prison, eight of which were in solitary confinement. Pratt was freed in 1997 when his conviction was vacated. He currently works as a human rights activist. Pratt is also notable as the godfather of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.
Republic of New Afrika terrorist Imari Obadele was convicted in the death of a Jackson police officer nearly 25 years ago. Next week he will speak inside city hall. Imari Obadele was invited by black Councilman Kenneth Stokes to speak at a black history program Tuesday, and his appearance is causing quite a stir. The scene was chaotic in August of 1971 hours after Jackson police officer William Louis Skinner was gunned down during a house raid. Police and FBI agents were serving an arrest warrant. Inside were members of the Republic of New Afrika , a separatist militant group.
Twenty-six-year JPD vet Jimmy King was nearby. "It was quiet all of a sudden; sounded like a small war going on," said King. "You just didn't lose an officer like that. It was very traumatic," Black stated. In 1972, RNA president Imari Obadele along with several others was found guilty in the killing of Skinner. He served less than six years. On February 1st Obadele will stand inside Jackson City Hall in front of an audience to talk about the RNA eleven.
It is getting much clearer as to why Obama has fought the Ayers connection so hard.
The Obama links to Ayers and the SDS (Students for Democratic Change) gets more remarkable.
Ayers and Dohrn were members of the SDS and its offshoot, the Weather Underground. Wade Rathke was a member of the SDS and a pal of Ayers and Dohrn. Rathke founded ACORN.
Drummond Pike was a member of the SDS and pal of all. Pike was the Founder of the Tides Foundation. Pike recently tried to bail out Rathke with some money funnelled from Tides to ACORN to cover the losses from the embezzlement of Rathke’s brother from ACORN ($1 million).
Mike Klonsky is Obama’s “social justice” advisor. Klonsky was also a member of SDS and is, like Ayers, Dohrn and others, an admitted communist. All of these links between the people mentioned and the SDS are easily verifiable via a google search, so I won’t muck this up with hyper links. But, I will link to a couple of very revealing pieces:
“The October 1999 issue of the Catalyst lists among the members of the Planning Committee for the Community Renewal Society’s 10th Anniversary Prom:
Michelle Obama, assistant dean at the University of Chicago.
John Ayers, executive director of Leadership for Quality Education.
Susan Klonsky, a consultant with the Small Schools Workshop.
By way of a simple introduction:
Michelle Obama is the wife of then Illinois State Senator and current Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
John Ayers is the brother of unrepentant domestic terrorist and former leader of the Weather Underground Bill Ayers.
Susan Klonsky (right) is the wife of Mike Klonsky, both former members of the radical leftist group Students for a Democratic Society. In 1968, she worked in the SDS National Office. Mike Klonsky is Director of the Small Schools Workshop, a school reform organization. Susan Klonsky is Director of Development with the Small Schools Workshop. Mike Klonsky and Bill Ayers co-chair the Workshop.
Klonsky’s communist pedigree could not be clearer. His father, Robert Klonsky, was an American communist who was convicted in the mid-Fifties for advocating the forcible overthrow of the United States government — a violation of the Smith Act, anti-communist legislation ultimately gutted by the Supreme Court. In the Sixties, Klonsky the younger teamed with Ayers, Dohrn, and other young radicals to form the Students for a Democratic Society. It was out of the SDS that Ayers and Dohrn helped found the Weatherman terrorist group.
Klonsky took a different path, albeit one that led inexorably to a new partnership with Ayers, which Obama mightily helped underwrite. Upon splitting off from the SDS, Klonsky formed a Maoist organization, first known as the “October League,” which ultimately became the “Communist Party (Marxist Leninist).”
Klonsky was CP(ML)’s chairman. He was so highly thought of by Mao’s regime that he was among the first Americans invited to visit Communist China. When he was feted there in 1977, a year after Mao’s death, the communist leadership hailed Klonsky’s party as “reflecting the aspirations of the proletariat and working people.”
Klonsky was a regular guest of the Chicoms until 1981, when the relationship soured over the post-Mao leadership’s free-market reforms. (Yes, Klonsky is apparently more committed to communism than China’s own Communist Party.) So what was a Leftist radical without platform to do? Why, what else? He became an American college professor specializing in education.
When Obama and Ayers collaborated together on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) education-reform project, with Obama chairing the board that oversaw funding decisions, CAC underwrote the Klonsky/Ayers Small Schools Workshop with a whopping $1,056,162. And that’s not all. Nearly another million dollars was steered to the Small Schools Workshop by the Joyce and Woods Funds when Obama sat on their boards. The grand total comes to $1,968,718.
Now today’s elites, including some prominent conservative intellectuals, thumb their noses once again at the stupid party. They look longingly at the putatively cerebral Obama, a fit more to their liking even if his politics are, they hope, just a tad wayward. But the Leftist revolutionaries are under no such illusions. In Obama, they see the fulfillment of their dreams to remake America. As Klonsky has explained, “My own support for Obama is … a recognition that the Obama campaign has become a rallying point for young activists and offers hope for rebuilding the civil rights and antiwar coalitions that have potential to become a real critical force in society.”